President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump’s idea of executive power is big and getting bigger, and that’s his impeachment defense

Broad executive powers are a guiding light of Donald Trump’s presidency as he makes an assertion rarely heard from an American president: that he can do as he pleases. Now that approach faces its ultimate test as a foundation of Trump’s defense in his impeachment trial, namely that he has unrestrained authority.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado (out of frame) at the presidential house in San Jose, on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP) (Photo by EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Pompeo criticizes journalist who accused him of shouting at her; NPR defends its reporter

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out in anger Saturday at an NPR reporter who accused him of shouting expletives at her after she asked him in an interview about Ukraine.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. As the Democratic primary intensifies ahead of the first voting contests, President Donald Trump and his allies have issued a series of favorable comments about Democrat Bernie Sanders. It's a strategy aimed at trying to take advantage of Democratic divisions and trying to attract some Sanders' supporters to Trump's campaign if the senator is not his party's nominee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sanders takes Iowa lead over Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden in NYT poll

Senator Bernie Sanders has jumped to the lead in Iowa over Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden, while support for Elizabeth Warren has slipped, according to a New York Times poll released on Saturday. 

Biden makes electability pitch in New Hampshire

With just 10 days before the first voters get their say, former vice President Joe Biden used the backdrop of this blue-collar city that voted for Donald Trump in 2016 to make his pitch that he is the best candidate to defeat Trump.

‘Even a little voice can make a big difference’ — In a small Iowa city, a local newspaper’s presidential endorsement carries clout

Art Cullen, editor of the Storm Lake Times, interviewed 15 candidates before endorsing Senator Elizabeth Warren.

‘Pettifogger’ and other impeachment trial words send people running to their dictionaries

Would you have the temerity to be a dilatory pettifogger? Merriam-Webster says the impeachment trial of President Trump is a “linguistic cornucopia” and it’s sent people running to their dictionaries.

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg spoke in Salt Lake City.

Mike Bloomberg is running for president in a parallel campaign world. Here’s the story from Utah, not Iowa

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, reportedly the 9th richest person on the planet, is mounting a White House campaign unique in the history of the United States.

President Donald Trump, center, poses for a photos with Vice President Mike Pence, front left, and Bristol County, Mass., Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, front right, during an event with sheriffs in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

All the president’s sheriffs: How one law enforcement group became ardent Trump supporters

“We’ve got your back, Mr. President,” some sheriffs hollered at a White House event last year.

President Donald Trump, gestures as he and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He prepare to sign a U.S. China trade agreement, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McConnell proposes swift impeachment trial with long days

The Republican leader outlined the process in a four-page resolution that will be voted on as one of the first orders of business when senators convene Tuesday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 14, 2020 Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after a luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. - Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the US Senate, takes pride in calling himself the

With Trump impeachment trial approaching, defense and prosecutors dig in

Advocates for and against President Trump gave no ground Sunday on his Senate impeachment trial, disagreeing on whether a crime is required for his conviction and whether witnesses will be called.

House impeachment managers walk to the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 16, 2020, where Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) recited the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. With Trump’s impeachment trial getting underway, Democrats are intensifying their demands for more testimony and documents that could add to the already voluminous evidence against him and bolster their case by shedding new light on several key questions. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

Democrats seek more testimony, evidence for impeachment trial

With President Trump’s impeachment trial getting underway, Democrats are intensifying their demands for more testimony and documents that could add to the already voluminous evidence against him and bolster their case by shedding new light on several key questions.

In this image from video, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., escort Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts into the Senate chamber in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

For senators during Trump impeachment trial, there’s no escape — and no cellphones

No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That’s the reality during the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.” After that, 100 senators will sit at their desks for hours on end to hear from House prosecutors, Trump’s defense team and possibly a series of witnesses.

President Donald Trump waves before getting into his vehicle after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Trump and his family are spending the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump says Iranian general who was killed in drone strike said ‘bad things about our country’

President Trump gave a new justification for killing Qassem Soleimani, telling a gathering of Republican donors that the top Iranian general was “saying bad things about our country.”

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Former Republican New York Representative Chris Collins (C) leaves US District Court after being sentenced to 26 months in Federal prison on January 17, 2020 in New York City. Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to charges of insider trading in relation to securities of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology company on whose board of directors he served. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Former US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case

Collins was sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to law enforcement officials after admitting he helped his son dodge stock market loses.

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, a view of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Justices to consider whether electors are bound to popular vote winner

Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in April and should issue a decision by late June.

President Donald Trump outside the White House in Washington on Jan. 13, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by

Trump to hold Manchester rally on eve of New Hampshire primary

The February 10th rally will be held in Manchester, but the exact location has not been determined.

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Former state Republican Party committeewoman now serving jail sentence

Christine Cedrone, a Quincy lawyer who was indicted in 2018 while working for the Baker administration’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, pleaded guilty to charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly legal client.

Senator Amy Klobuchar after the Democratic primary debate on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ground Game Analysis

Probably no one, not even Trump, is dreading the impeachment trial more than Amy Klobuchar

In the past month, Klobuchar has raised eyebrows as her poll numbers have risen. That momentum may stall if she has to stay in Washington, D.C., for a prolonged trial.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at the debate on Tuesday.

What She Said

Think a woman can’t win the White House? Elizabeth Warren would be happy to discuss.

Warren’s moves on the debate stage pointed to a singular message: Think a woman can’t be tough enough or mean enough to stand up to President Trump on a debate stage? Think again.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders, along with Amy klobuchar and Tom Steyer, will take the stage again Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Democratic presidential candidates will debate again tonight. Here are four things to watch

Tuesday night’s debate in Iowa will be the smallest, the whitest, and possibly the most important event of the 2020 campaign.

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